Hi Thom,A lot of stuff that comes on a vehicle is unnecessary and should have been an accessory add on. I bought a truck to drive and haul stuff where I want to go and do what I want to do. NOT, for styling and profiling, or keeping up with the Royal wannabees. I am not afraid to look at or hear the engine or need help lowering the tailgate. LOL The engine cover looks like a good place for a rat to build the nest. They might even like to chew on it as a change from your wires.
PS to get the most value from your engine cover you need to open the hood at least once a week and look at it and clean it. Oh, and take it off and see what is growing under it.
At one time we had a laundry list of options from which to choose...and the exceptions and some in clusions required for an option. Customers complained it was just too difficult and time consuming to order a vehicle. Thus Packages were created to reduce the pain of ordering a vehicle... Packages have been more warmly received but the downside is they may include features you do not desire or need... Sort of a can't win situation.
Ranger Vehicle Engineering
Ford Motor Co. Retired